Sylvie van Helden
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The Hashtag Mandalas investigate how people define their experiences on the social media site Instagram. My multilayered collaged paintings cull images sourced from hashtag searches on Instagram and combine them into the formal structure of a Mandala, a symbol representing the universe in Hinduism and Buddhism. Mandalas function not only as representations of the universe, but as tools for spiritual guidance. As meditation aids, they are points on which to focus attention. My work aims to open a window into the immediacy and pervasiveness of social media as a form of communication and documentation, whereby religious notions like devotion and purification have taken on new meanings.


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